Tyson Fury casts doubt on Oleksandr Usyk rematch after losing heavyweight classic

tyson fury casts doubt on oleksandr usyk rematch after losing heavyweight classic

Tyson Fury has the option to fight Oleksandr Usyk again in October (Picture: Getty Images)

Tyson Fury sent mixed messages over a potential rematch with Oleksandr Usyk, admitting: ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen.’

The pair put on a brilliant show in Saudi Arabia on Saturday night, with Usyk (22-0) winning a split decision and becoming undisputed world heavyweight champion.

The Ukrainian made a good start but Fury (34-1-1) took control of the fight during the middle rounds before a shocking turnaround in the ninth as Usyk nearly stopped the Gypsy King, who was in terrible trouble and nearly out on his feet.

Fury did well to rally after that disaster but Usyk had gained control and deserved a narrow win on the judges’ scorecards to claim all the belts in the heavyweight division.

There was a rematch clause in the contract, allowing the loser to choose whether they will fight again in October.

In the ring after the bout, Fury claimed that is exactly what he will do, saying: ‘We go back to our families and we run it back in October. For sure, we’ll rest up, then get back on it in October, I thought I won the fight but I’m not going to cry and make excuses.’

However, in the post-fight press conference he was less bullish and left the situation a little more open, saying: ‘We just had a fight. As you can see by my face I’m pretty busted up and he’s gone to the hospital with a broken jaw, so he’s busted too.

tyson fury casts doubt on oleksandr usyk rematch after losing heavyweight classic

Usyk came very close to stopping Fury in the ninth (Picture: Reuters)

‘We punched f**k out of each other for 12 rounds there.

‘We’re going to go home, eat some food, drink a few beers, spend some good family time, walk my dog, go to the tip and me and Frank [Warren] will talk about what’s going to happen in the future. I don’t know what’s going to happen.’

Promoter Warren added: ‘No rush for anything. Let’s see if we can have it first.’

Fury did turn his attention to how he would deal with a rematch, though, if that is what will happen.

‘I think I’ll do just a little bit more of the same, keep my defence a little bit tighter, a bit more focussed and not so much messing around,’ he said.

tyson fury casts doubt on oleksandr usyk rematch after losing heavyweight classic

Usyk took his record to 22-0 by edging out the Brit (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I was having fun in there, I was playing around, I was hitting him to the body, uppercuts to the head. I thought I was bossing the fight!’

Fury’s claims that Usyk broke his jaw did not appear to be accurate as the champion returned from hospital after an MRI scan for his own press conference.

The 37-year-old had stitches above his eye but appeared to be otherwise in good health. On a possible second fight he said: ‘Yes, of course. I am ready for a rematch.’

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